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New Zealand the Small Country that Keeps on Top

New Zealand the Small Country that Keeps on Top

For a country with a population under five million, its prowess on the sporting stage has always appeared to be disproportionate, James Master writes for CNN. Olympic champions in rowing, sailing, canoeing, home of…

New Zealander Subject of UK Mental Health Exhibit

New Zealander Subject of UK Mental Health Exhibit

The Museum of Lost and Found Potential launches in London this week, marking World Mental Health Day with an exhibition that hopes to encourage empathy, action and even anger by showing what mental illness…

Lynley Dodd Reveals Secret of Hairy Maclary

Lynley Dodd Reveals Secret of Hairy Maclary

The influence of Jane Austen on Hairy Maclary From Donaldson’s Dairy may not be immediately apparent, but it’s there. At least that’s what New Zealander Lynley Dodd said at the opening of the The…

Chit-Chat Flows Easily in NZ but Does It in Europe?

Chit-Chat Flows Easily in NZ but Does It in Europe?

“In New Zealand, small talk flows so easily, a ceaseless background banter you become inured to and engage in unthinkingly. And it often goes so much deeper than exchanging shallow pleasantries,” Guardian journalist Eleanor…

Jewellery Brand Monarc Good for the Planet

Jewellery Brand Monarc Good for the Planet

“Ethical jewellery is defined as jewellery that has no negative impact on the people who make it, or the environment it’s produced in, Naomi May writes for London’s Evening Standard. “It may sound like…

Walmart’s Greg Foran Flies Home to Air NZ

Walmart’s Greg Foran Flies Home to Air NZ

Big-box giant Walmart Inc. has announced that New Zealand-born Greg Foran, the CEO of its US division – which makes up the bulk of its sales and operating income – is leaving to become…

Fiac Art Fair’s Jennifer Flay on Challenges Ahead

Fiac Art Fair’s Jennifer Flay on Challenges Ahead

New Zealand-born Jennifer Flay, the director of Fiac (Foire Internationale d’Art Contemporain), insists that France’s most important modern and contemporary art fair can weather future storms, Gareth Harris reports for the Financial Times. The…

NZ Performs Well in World Energy Trilemma Index

NZ Performs Well in World Energy Trilemma Index

An analysis of the World Energy Council’s Energy Trilemma Index shows New Zealand ranks highly in comparison to other countries, but has slipped in terms of security and sustainability, industry bulletin NZ Energy and…

Barbara Wheeler, The First New Zealander to Become a Longwood Gardens Fellow

Barbara Wheeler, The First New Zealander to Become a Longwood Gardens Fellow

Dunedin horticulturist Barbara Wheeler is the first New Zealander to receive a fellowship from Longwood Gardens in Kennett Square, Pennsylvania, one of the premier horticultural gardens in the United States. The 13-month residency aims…

Chef Hayden McMillan Takes Charge Across the Tasman

Chef Hayden McMillan Takes Charge Across the Tasman

“It’s often said that Australia doesn’t really have its own national cuisine – that as a young country, its food culture is best understood as a mosaic of traditions drawn from Asia, the Mediterranean,…

Dan Carter Explains New Zealand’s Cup Success

Dan Carter Explains New Zealand’s Cup Success

Legendary former All Black fly-half Dan Carter tells ESPN that while the physical challenge of seven weeks of fierce competition at the Rugby World Cup sets it apart as the sport’s ultimate test, it…

Anniversary of Cook’s Arrival Marked with Debate

Anniversary of Cook’s Arrival Marked with Debate

The British government have expressed “regret” that explorers killed some of the first Māori they met 250 years ago but stopped short of issuing a full apology. British High Commissioner Laura Clarke met Māori tribal…

Tributes Flow for Randwick Legend Jeff Sayle

Tributes Flow for Randwick Legend Jeff Sayle

Former Wallabies flanker and “Randwick legend”, New Zealand-born Jeff Sayle has died in Sydney aged 77. The Sydney Morning Herald reports. Sayle was an icon of Sydney’s eastern beaches, a beloved member of Coogee Surf…

Skipp Williamson Tops Influential Consultant List

Skipp Williamson Tops Influential Consultant List

The Australian Financial Review magazine’s “hotly anticipated” annual power issue includes lists of the key players across six different industry sectors. At No 1 on the top five most powerful people in consulting is…

Kathmandu Buys Legendary Surf Brand Rip Curl

Kathmandu Buys Legendary Surf Brand Rip Curl

The iconic Australian surfing equipment and apparel company Rip Curl has agreed to a $368m takeover offer from New Zealand-based retailer Kathmandu, Peter Wells reports for the Financial Times. The deal marks the first major…

New York Times Reviews Fiona Kidman Novel

New York Times Reviews Fiona Kidman Novel

“One December night in 1955, a 20-year-old Irish immigrant named Albert Black, wearing heavy boots to make his hanging snap, shuffled to the gallows of a dark prison in Auckland. He’d stabbed and killed…

Four NZ Tech Superstars Bound to Become Global

Four NZ Tech Superstars Bound to Become Global

New Zealand is a country that immediately brings to mind a number of images upon its mention, London-based music and culture magazine The 405 reports. Jaw-dropping nature, a beacon of stability and commonsense governance…

Annabel Liddell Happy to Mix Medicine and Music

Annabel Liddell Happy to Mix Medicine and Music

New Zealander Annabel Liddell, 25, recently completed six years of medical study in Auckland and will graduate in November, but she’s held off on a job offer and is deferring registration, which requires her…

Why Ihumātao Truly is a Piece of New Zealand’s Soul

Why Ihumātao Truly is a Piece of New Zealand’s Soul

“In a city that has destroyed or forgotten most of its past, fragments of Auckland’s deep histories still survive at Ihumātao,” history curator at the Auckland War Memorial Museum Tāmaki Paenga Hira Lucy Mackintosh…

Welsh Appointment for Conductor Tianyi Lu

Welsh Appointment for Conductor Tianyi Lu

Welsh National Opera (WNO) recently announced New Zealander Tianyi Lu as its first female conductor in residence. The residency was launched to help re-address the gender balance across the industry, following WNO’s ‘Where Are All…

New Penguins Book by Lloyd Spencer Davis Published

New Penguins Book by Lloyd Spencer Davis Published

Napier-born Lloyd Spencer Davis is an award-winning scientist with many Antarctic field seasons behind him, Sara Wheeler writes for The Wall Street Journal. Wheeler reviews Davis’ new book, A Polar Affair: Antarctica’s Forgotten Hero…

Honouring the Historic for Business Sake

Honouring the Historic for Business Sake

“Even if you’re familiar with the All Blacks, you probably still weren’t aware of their dominant 77 per cent winning percentage against the planet over the last century. What you’re probably familiar with is…

Luxe Guide to a Next-Level New Zealand Getaway

Luxe Guide to a Next-Level New Zealand Getaway

“New Zealand gives good VIP and VIO (very important occasion) treatment. At the top end, the pristine landscape is matched by impeccable service,” Anna McCooe writes in a travel piece for Marie Claire Australia….

David Howell-Designed NY Homes Snapped Up

David Howell-Designed NY Homes Snapped Up

A boutique new apartment complex in New York, designed by New Zealand-born David Howell of DHD Architecture and Design, has sold out in less than ten months, according to a report featured on the…

Joseph Michael Lights Up UN with Climate Messages

Joseph Michael Lights Up UN with Climate Messages

Auckland University of Technology artist in residence Joseph Michael lit the United Nations headquarters in New York last week with an immersive installation that featured images of an iceberg and the messages of six young…

Designer Sandra Nunnerley an Expert in Detail

Designer Sandra Nunnerley an Expert in Detail

The work of US-based interior designer Sandra Nunnerley features in a recent French special of Architectural Digest, ‘Le Grand Guide 2019’ – ‘The 100 Decorators of the Moment’, as well as in Hamptons Cottages…

Artist Yuki Kihara to Present NZ in Venice 2021

Artist Yuki Kihara to Present NZ in Venice 2021

Though this year’s Venice Biennale still has two months left in its run, some nations, like New Zealand, are already gearing up for the participation in the next iteration, set to open in summer…

New Zealand Filmmakers Showcase Local Perspectives

New Zealand Filmmakers Showcase Local Perspectives

Years of big-budget location shoots have given rise to a thriving New Zealand film and television sector. Hollywood Reporter correspondent Patrick Brzeski examines how a “happy confluence of preparation and opportunity is giving New…

Waiheke Wine Selected for Paris Book Launch Tasting

Waiheke Wine Selected for Paris Book Launch Tasting

A Te Motu Vineyard-produced wine is one of 15 top international wines chosen for tasting at the Paris launch of a book entitled, Wine Explorers: The First Tour of the World of Wine. The…

Allbirds’ Tim Brown on Team Dynamics

Allbirds’ Tim Brown on Team Dynamics

New Zealander Tim Brown, 38, didn’t have the typical resume of a hotshot Silicon Valley entrepreneur when he co-founded his shoe startup Allbirds in 2016, but he knew firsthand how to put together a…

Looking Back at Our Rugby Heritage

Looking Back at Our Rugby Heritage

“New Zealand’s pride for its team reflects generations of history and tradition, going back to 1903,” Jamie Tarabay writes in a story for The New York Times, entitled: ‘What Makes the All Blacks So…

Eco-Star Cristina McLauchlan Spreads the Word

Eco-Star Cristina McLauchlan Spreads the Word

New Zealand-born Hong Kong-based wellness advocate Cristina McLauchlan aims to achieve sustainability in all aspects of her life, but she has seen enough of the world to understand that a waste-free society is highly…

What Makes Super Coach Noelene Taurua Tick?

What Makes Super Coach Noelene Taurua Tick?

English netballer Geva Mentor is happy to nominate Noeline Taurua as easily the best coach she has played under, but finds it a little harder to articulate the secret to the celebrated New Zealander’s…

Wellington Has Treats Around Every Corner

Wellington Has Treats Around Every Corner

“In an otherwise resolutely outdoorsy nation, New Zealand’s capital focuses on art, craft and culture,” Larissa Dubecki writes for Gourmet Traveller. Dubecki explores the best of Wellington’s art, food and shopping scenes. “Wellington’s art scene is…

Linda Collins Writes of Losing Her Daughter

Linda Collins Writes of Losing Her Daughter

Singapore-based New Zealander Linda Collins wrote Loss Adjustment, about the suicide of her 17-year-old daughter, as part of a Master of Arts in Creative Writing at the prestigious International Institute of Modern Letters (IIML)…

Aaradhna’s India Tour Was a Soul-Searching Trip

Aaradhna’s India Tour Was a Soul-Searching Trip

With four successful albums to her credit and glowing reviews around the world, award-winning singer Aaradhna, 35, who grew up in Porirua, was recently on a tour of India. Here’s what the ‘Brown Girl’…

Weta Digital Receives Significant Investment

Weta Digital Receives Significant Investment

Napster co-founder and former Facebook president Sean Parker has invested in film director Peter Jackson’s Wellington-based visual effects studio, Weta Digital, Fortune magazine reports. Weta Digital has contributed work on a number of blockbuster films…

Departing Warren Gatland Out for Perfect End

Departing Warren Gatland Out for Perfect End

New Zealander Warren Gatland has achieved almost everything during his tenure as Wales coach over the last 12 years, Steve Douglas writes in a story published in The Washington Post. Four Six Nations titles, including…

Filmmaker Daniel Borgman Busy in Light and Shadow

Filmmaker Daniel Borgman Busy in Light and Shadow

Dunedin-born filmmaker Daniel Borgman, 31, whose latest film Resin world has premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival in the Contemporary World Cinema section, is now developing “a pair of high-concept projects”: the crime…

Team GB’s First Olympic Surfer is NZer Jay Quinn

Team GB’s First Olympic Surfer is NZer Jay Quinn

New Zealander Jay Quinn, 36, is well-placed to become Team GB’s first surfer at the Olympics – thanks to a rekindled enthusiasm with the sport and his Welsh-born mother. BBC Sport Wales correspondent Dafydd…

Waiheke Evokes Fond Memories for Emilia Wickstead

Waiheke Evokes Fond Memories for Emilia Wickstead

New Zealand’s most famous fashion export, the Duchess of Cambridge’s go-to designer Emilia Wickstead tells The Telegraph how this “relaxed and beautiful part of the world” evokes happy childhood memories. “There is something special for…

Otago Scientists Explain Loch Ness Mystery

Otago Scientists Explain Loch Ness Mystery

The most famous photo of the Loch Ness monster has long been discredited as a hoax, but University of Otago scientists have come up with a new explanation for other sightings of the elusive…

Taika Waititi Takes on a Decidedly Risky Role

Taika Waititi Takes on a Decidedly Risky Role

After years of trying to get the film off the ground, New Zealander Taika Waititi, director of Thor: Ragnarok, finally convinced Fox Searchlight to roll the dice on a comedy set in Nazi Germany…

Helen Clark Lays Out Her Reasons for Legalising It

Helen Clark Lays Out Her Reasons for Legalising It

In an opinion piece for the UK’s Guardian newspaper, former prime minister and member of the Global Commission on Drug Policy Helen Clark explains why a ‘yes’ in next year’s referendum is a vote…

Tourists Banned from Swimming with Dolphins

Tourists Banned from Swimming with Dolphins

Tourists have been banned from swimming with bottlenose dolphins in New Zealand in a bid to protect them from “being loved into extinction”. Chiaro Giordano reports for UK newspaper, The Independent. The population of bottlenose…

NZ’s Café Culture Earning a Reputation in Sheffield

NZ’s Café Culture Earning a Reputation in Sheffield

Britain’s coffee culture “owes much to a tiny country on the other side of the world”, according to journalist Alice Geary reporting for Sheffield’s Big Issue North. The high quality coffee on offer at…

Auckland Teen Snapped Up By Stanford University

Auckland Teen Snapped Up By Stanford University

One of New Zealand’s smartest teenagers is headed to the prestigious US university Stanford, in California. After Yang Fan Yun, 18, won the Prime Minister’s Award for the person who gets the highest marks…

Dance Queen Parris Goebel Curates for UAE Expo

Dance Queen Parris Goebel Curates for UAE Expo

Celebrity choreographer Parris Goebel, 27, has been appointed head curator of the entertainment and cultural programme for the New Zealand pavilion at Expo 2020 Dubai and will manage a series of events to be…

Petra Leary Captures Views of Daily Geometry

Petra Leary Captures Views of Daily Geometry

“Petra Leary sees the world from above. She skates around cities, focusing her lens on becoming the world’s top aerial photographer. The 28-year-old New Zealander is the subject of a newly released Loading Docs…

Are Weka Slacking Off in Seed Dispersal?

Are Weka Slacking Off in Seed Dispersal?

Humans can be a terrible influence on birds. Crows that live near us end up with high cholesterol, sparrows screech to be heard over oil pumps, and instead of migrating, some storks now just…

Comeback Hero Bruce Anstey Wins Again at Classic TT

Comeback Hero Bruce Anstey Wins Again at Classic TT

Wellington-born Bruce Anstey, the ‘Flying Kiwi’, was fighting back the tears as the popular motorcycle racer overcame the odds following a two-year break for cancer treatment to win again at the Classic TT. Kyle White…

Māori Wineries Poised for Their Moment

Māori Wineries Poised for Their Moment

Kaitiakitanga describes Māori guardianship of the land, its people and its culture. It’s also the key value shared by a wave of Māori wineries that’s recently begun to swell across New Zealand, according to…

Vanishing Act of New Zealand’s Toheroa

Vanishing Act of New Zealand’s Toheroa

People talk about toheroa like they’re a dream, because these days, they are, Naomi Arnold writes for travel site, Atlas Obscura. The big, delicious surf clams were once plentiful on New Zealand shorelines, before…

NZ Features in Time’s World’s Greatest Places List

NZ Features in Time’s World’s Greatest Places List

New Zealand stars in Time magazine’s annual ‘World’s Greatest Places’ feature. Wellington’s urban ecosanctuary Zealandia, Monique Fiso’s Wellington restaurant, Hiakai and Camp Glenorchy take spots in the special. The capital’s Zealandia is recommended in the ‘To…

Nelson Tasman Region Dazzles Visitors

Nelson Tasman Region Dazzles Visitors

“Even in a country renowned across the globe for its ineffable natural beauty, New Zealand’s Nelson Tasman region particularly astounds,” Alexandra Kirkman writes in a travel story for Fortune magazine. “It’s home to a literal…

Poet Selena Tusitala Marsh Rails Against Racism

Poet Selena Tusitala Marsh Rails Against Racism

She blows in like a song carried on a powerful current: a wild-haired woman, larger than life, carrying a tall carved stick. She loses things in that hair, she says; finds pens in there…